TAG: Airplane

MotoArt: Hardcore And Stylish Recycling

MotoArt: Hardcore And Stylish Recycling

There are limitless concepts for turning the everyday item as well as the industrial into something new and still usable. With a unique niche in the recycling industry, MotoArt launched in 2001 and they now have showrooms around the world. Their team uses retired aircraft materials and parts, reconstructing them into edgy and functional designs. Taking old planes and salvaging the scraps, they are then rebuilt, reformed and revived. Most present day aircrafts are constructed of a high amount of aluminum, normally around 80% by weight for each commercially produced airframe, according to The Aluminum Association. With a high recyclability… read more

The future of flight

MIT's future of flight

MIT’s AI Lab is a busy hub of practical inventions and idealistic passions. Recently, they showed off a new system of personal aircraft control they’ve created in conjunction with airplane manufacturer Boeing. One of MIT’s Graduate students, Peng Yu, displayed their vision of the future some 20-30 years down the road. Yu and his team developed a variety of ways for commuters with no airplane piloting knowledge to effectively control either a personal aircraft or a flying taxi. Using voice, keyboard input, tablet, and motion gestures, Yu showed how easily an average person could operate a remote-controlled airplane. Tablet –… read more

Environmentally Friendly Painting System

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Europe pretty much has the rest of the world beat when it comes to innovation in the environmentally-friendly department. KLM – Royal Dutch Airlines posted a video a couple of years ago showing how they use eco-friendly electrostatic paint to coat new airplanes. The short video is pretty neat to watch, and although painting airplanes has probably never come up on your “How do they do it?” list, we think you’ll enjoy learning something new. Check it:

Build Your Own Electric Airplane Kit: $40K

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If you’ve ever wanted to build your own electric airplane, you’re in luck, because GreenWing International is offering their eSpyder in the US for just a touch under $40K. This experimental amateur-built kit features a quiet, clean, electric propulsion system putting out 32 hp to its single prop. “The Yuneec PowerDrive 24 propulsion system uses the best technologies to create an integrated system of: Motor, Motor Controller, Battery, and Charger to optimize performance, making electric flying simple and fun. The 24KW (32hp) powerplant quietly propels the plane while the Motor Controller efficiently delivers power from the battery. The eSpyder uses… read more

Solar Impulse Plane To Fly Coast-to-Coast

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A wonderful new accomplishment in the field of aeronautics was accomplished the other day. The first ever of its kind, the solar-powered airplane completed part of its journey from California to New York; landing in Phoenix, Arizona after an 18-hour flight. Solar-powered airplanes have long been a hobby of aeronautic enthusiasts, and a long term goal of plane manufacturers, but getting the engine to the sort of efficiency needed to fly during both daytime and nighttime conditions hasn’t been invented yet. Hopefully, this new development will spur a new wave of research and testing to create the world’s first solar-powered… read more

Solar Airplane Set for Fuel-Free Flight Across U.S.

Solar Impulse 2013

The team behind last year’s successful intercontinental solar airplane flight, are planning to fly across the United States beginning in May, powered solely by the sun. The team behind the Solar Impulse project, Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, have seen successful flights from Spain to Morrocco in 2012 with their solar plane, proving the viability of both the concept of solar flight, as well as the design of their aircraft. The team plans to launch the Solar Impulse Across America 2013 by taking off from San Francisco in early May, and flying across the country to New York City over… read more

Solar Impulse

Solar Impulse

Humans have always been fascinated by flight. This, in combination with a desire to construct a greener technology to do so, culminated in the first ever aeronautical adventure of its kind. An aircraft called Solar Impulse, created and navigated by two men from Switzerland, has managed to fly around the world on shear solar power. It is the brainchild of André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard, and is true ingenuity in motion. Though there have been other solar inventions capable of flight, this is the first solely sun-powered airplane that can also be flown at night. This is due to the… read more

Plans for Airline Industry

Efficient airplanes

NASA has big plans for the airline industry. By the year 2025, they promise to have created eco-friendly replacements for the aging fleet of super-jets and other aircraft. The space agency, working with industry teams from three major airline companies, has designed rough outlines of how they plan on putting a green spin on future airplanes. It starts out with newer aerodynamic designs, meant to consume less fuel and travel faster. Some of the proposed solutions are blended wing designs, where the entire aircraft is(in essence) a giant wing. This means less moving parts, better handling of turbulence, and better… read more